If you are contemplating building a wooden boat, there are many compiling reasons why you should start with small boat plans before moving onto a larger project. To start, with small boats you will learn many of the necessary skills of boat construction with minimal risk to your finances. If you make an error while building your boat, the costs of that mistake will be far less than if you had invested in a larger boat building enterprise.
When you have successfully finished the project, you will be able to also have a better sense of how much larger you feel comfortable going with your next building project, and what the financial investment should be.
You will likely find that as you follow your small boat plans, the project will take much longer than you originally anticipated. This is almost inevitable, as almost every beginning boat building comes into unexpected obstacles as they learn the boat building craft. With a small project, you are less likely to become overwhelmed when you face these obstacles, and you are absolutely more likely to finish the project that you started.
There are many wonderful different small boat plans available from which beginners can learn the building craft. Many will find the most success with easy to use plywood boat plans, especially those which involve the stitch-and-glue method of building. With stitch-and-glue plywood building, you can easily construct a small boat from plans in a matter of weeks, instead of the months (or longer) it may take using traditional building methods. You can also avoid a lot of boat building frustration by making sure the small boat plans you use come from a reliable source. There is nothing worse than building a boat and then finding out there was some fatal flaw in the plans you followed that causes the boat to leak, or even worse, sink.
Building a small craft with your own hands can be a very rewarding experience. You can maximize your enjoyment of the building process, and your chances of successfully completing your project, by starting with a small, and manageable, boat building project.